Applying for CFI Funding

The Institutional Programs Office provides UBC researchers with comprehensive support in applying for research infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

For detailed descriptions of each CFI program or fund, visit UBC-specific information about CFI application procedures and deadlines follows below.

Infrastructure Operating Fund

Please refer to UBC's Institutional Allocation Plan for more information on UBC’s allocation of the IOF. If you wish to access these funds, please contact the Institutional Programs Office.

John R. Evans Leaders Fund (formerly Leaders Opportunity Fund)

Universities are expected to submit proposals to the John R. Evans Leaders Fund to attract or retain faculty in priority areas as identified in the university’s Strategic Research Plan. There are three categories of candidates:

  • Attraction candidates are new recruits to UBC appointed within 24 months of the CFI submission deadline.
  • Retention candidates are already UBC faculty members.
  • Canada Research Chair Nominees or Renewal Candidates submitting a CFI application at the same time as their CRC nomination/renewal

Candidates should discuss their infrastructure requirements with their Department Head, the CFI Advisor, Dr. Leonard Foster, and the Institutional Programs Office, before completing an application.

UBC Procedures for ATTRACTION Candidates
UBC Procedures for RETENTION Candidates
UBC Procedures for Canada Research Chair Nominees/Renewal Candidates
RequestinG renovation and/or construction estimates 

If your project involves renovations and/or construction, it is critical that you engage the Facilities Planning team early to start the process of getting estimates. It is expected that all projects will have started PHASE I of the process prior to submitting a UBC internal Expression of Interest. The Facilities Planning team have provided guidelines and documents that outline the details of this process. 

Access the guidelines (CWL REQUIRED)

Current Competitions

CFI Innovation Fund 2020